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Reinstalling Win 7 on refurbished laptop

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I purchased a refurbished Samsung laptop a few months back which came preinstalled with Win 7 64. I'm going to be getting an SSD for it soon so I will have to reinstall Windows. It did not come with the Windows CD, so I plan on using a Windows 7 64 cd I used for my desktop and using the serial key already on the laptop.

I was wondering if there will be any problems doing this? My only worry is that after reinstalling, it won't recognize the serial number because I'm using it again on another drive.

Or is there maybe some way I can transfer the data on the hard drive to the ssd so I don't have to install Windows again?
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post #2 of 8
should work but they keys from 32 bit don't always work on 64 bit, i know technet lets you do it not sure about retail or oem.
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post #3 of 8
if you are changing from a hard drive to an SSD, you are going to want to reinstall windows, there are optimizations that are applied to SSDs when you install windows on them.
I would just get a windows disk, use software like everest to get the key for windows, and reinstall. You could also check the bottom of the laptop for the windows sticker.
post #4 of 8
It will recognise your serial number, and you will be able to get Windows fully installed. I think as long as you don't use the old hard drive again, or the serial again, you won't have problems with Windows Activation. Anyway it's your legal right to use the serial on one active pc.

With regards to your last question, I suspect you can clone the hard drive using software like Norton Ghost.
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I would just do a clean install and try using the key from the laptop, which should be on the laptop, as thrasherht mentioned. From what I hear, Microsoft should help you get things sorted out if it doesn't work.
post #6 of 8
the biggest thing your key is tied to is the computer as a whole, so if you are just replacing a minor part then windows doesn't care, and if your key is only on one computer you are good to go. Some cd keys get tied to the motherboard that you are using, so replacing the hard drive isn't a big deal.
post #7 of 8
Get something like Acronis True Image or Windows backup to create a disc image. Then you can clone the partition on to the SSD.

Keep in my that your image must be small enough to fit on the SSD.
post #8 of 8
I have replaced hd in my old gateway a few times, re-installing windows from restore dvd with out problem 10 times in last 4 years... as long as it has original mb, you will be fine
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